More 2013-14 Schedule Revealed…

Now that I’ve had a day to go over the full schedule (and listen to the annual complaints amongst the fanbase), a further look into what to expect during the regular season:

-Before I get into more details, I (being a season ticket holder) did receive a letter from the Devils about making up the four Atlantic City games (since I had locked in a full season rate when I signed up for my ticket package a couple of seasons ago): extra vouchers, credit towards playoffs, credit towards 2014-15 season tickets, or just a straight refund. If you’re not going to tell us (again) this is going to happen, at least they have something to reimburse us.

-Longest homestand: 4 games, from October 25th-November 1st. Longest road trip: 5, from March 2nd-14th (normally when the Times Union Center is booked up with high school/NCAA events), but the furthest they go is Portland on the 7th. Mostly a New England swing, which isn’t bad.

-Norfolk is the furthest spot they travel, and they get that trip out of the way early, on October 18th and 19th. With no Rochester on the schedule for the first time ever, the furthest west they travel is Syracuse.

-A total of 11 3 in 3 weekends, with most of them coming the second half of the season. The most brutal looking one? Valentine’s Day weekend: Friday at “home” in Atlantic City, Saturday afternoon at the real home, then off to Bridgeport for a 3 PM start the next afternoon. There are also 2 all road 3 in 3’s, coming in March/April.

-No 7 PM Saturday puck drops. All are at 5 PM except January 25th, which is a 2 PM start. The very few Sunday home games (5 here, but 2 in Atlantic City) start at 3 or 5 PM locally, 4 PM in Atlantic City.

-The AHL All-Star Break was scheduled a little later than usual this season: instead of the last week in January, it has been pushed back to Tuesday, February 11th (Skills) and Wednesday, February 12th (Game). The location will be announced at a later date (early rumors are St. John’s will be the host).

Our friends at The Hockey Writers have their own schedule breakdown here.

In other news, New Jersey announced yesterday the opening training camp schedule:

-Devils rookies and AHL players report for photos and physicals on September 9th, with the first practice on September 10th.

-The rest of the team reports on September 11th, with their first practice on September 12th. First game comes on September 16th against the Rangers.

-And finally, a quick preview of September’s player tracker: with longtime goalie Jeff Frazee leaving North America, the list of players without a home for next season is now down to 6. This list includes last year’s captain (Jay Leach) and one of the key members of the defense (Corbin McPherson). So there is a very good chance there could be a new Devils captain come October. And about that new Adam Henrique contract…

2013-14 Schedule Revealed!

Finally, the day I (and a few others) have been waiting for has arrived…the unveiling of the 2013-14 AHL schedule. Before I go more into details, let’s start with the full slate of games for the Devils coming up in the fall…and winter…and into early spring.

OCTOBER

6 at Hartford 3PM
12 UTICA 5 PM
14 ADIRONDACK 2 PM
18 at Norfolk 7:30 PM
19 at Norfolk 7:15 PM
23 at Utica 7:35 PM
25 HARTFORD 7 PM
26 PORTLAND 5 PM
30 SYRACUSE 7 PM

NOVEMBER

1 NORFOLK 7 PM
2 at Adirondack 7 PM
5 at Bridgeport 11 AM
8 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05 PM
9 ADIRONDACK 5 PM
11 BRIDGEPORT 2 PM
15 at Hartford 7 PM
16 at Syracuse 7 PM
20 HARTFORD 7 PM
22 at Springfield 7 PM
23 at Adirondack 7 PM
29 ADIRONDACK 7 PM
30 BRIDGEPORT 5 PM

DECEMBER

4 SPRINGFIELD 7 PM
7 at Binghamton 7:05 PM
13 BRIDGEPORT 7 PM
14 HARTFORD 5 PM
21 at Binghamton 7:05 PM
22 at Bridgeport 3 PM
27 ADIRONDACK 7 PM
28 PORTLAND 5 PM
29 at Bridgeport 3 PM

JANUARY

3 SPRINGFIELD 7 PM
4 at Adirondack 7 PM
7 SPRINGFIELD 7 PM
10 at Springfield 7 PM
11 MANCHESTER 5 PM
12 HERSHEY 4 PM*
17 at Utica 7 PM
18 at Adirondack 7 PM
19 at Hershey 5 PM
24 at Binghamton 7:05 PM
25 ADIRONDACK 2 PM
26 BINGHAMTON 3 PM
31 BRIDGEPORT 7 PM

FEBRUARY

1 at Hartford 7 PM
4 at Springfield 7 PM
8 at Bridgeport 7 PM
9 at Manchester 3 PM
14 HERSHEY 7 PM*
15 ADIRONDACK 5 PM
16 at Bridgeport 3 PM
21 at Adirondack 7 PM
22 NORFOLK 5 PM
23 UTICA 3 PM

MARCH

1 WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 7 PM*
2 at Providence 3:05 PM
7 at Portland 7 PM
8 at Hartford 7 PM
9 at Worcester 3 PM
14 at Springfield 7 PM
15 HARTFORD 5 PM
16 SYRACUSE 5 PM
19 BINGHAMTON 7 PM
22 at Syracuse 7 PM
23 WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4 PM*
28 at Hershey 7 PM
29 WORCESTER 5 PM
30 BINGHAMTON 3 PM

APRIL

4 at Syracuse 7 PM
5 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 7:05 PM
6 at Adirondack 3 PM
11 BRIDGEPORT 7 PM
12 PROVIDENCE 5 PM
13 SYRACUSE 5 PM
18 at Portland 7 PM
19 SPRINGFIELD 5 PM

(Home games in CAPS)
*-at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City

Now for a closer look at what’s to come:

Only 14 opponents on the schedule for this year, with Rochester and St. John’s going off the list and Utica coming in. Utica is also the only Western Conference team the Devils will face, with just four matchups. No crossing the Canadian border at all this season (boo, I wanted to hear Oh Canada at least once!).

Exactly half of the schedule–38 games–will be played within the Northeast Division: 8 games each with Hartford and Springfield (finally, more with the Ranger affiliate!), 10 with Bridgeport, and the usual 12 with Adirondack.

24 games against East Division opponents: 6 each with Binghamton and Syracuse, and 4 each with Norfolk, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Hershey. The remaining 10 come against the Atlantic Division: 4 with Portland, and 2 each with Manchester, Providence, and Worcester.

Breakdown by days of the week: Saturday leads the way with 28, followed by Friday with 22 (not a surprise). 16 on Sunday, 2 on Monday, 3 on Tuesday (?!), and 5 on Wednesday.

Once again, 4 home games will be played in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, something once again I wasn’t aware of. For those in Jersey interested in seeing the A-Devils up close, they will be there January 12th (Sunday afternoon), February 14th (Friday night), March 1st (Saturday night), and March 23rd (Sunday afternoon). Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton are the opponents, meaning the Bears and Penguins will not set foot in the Times Union Center at all unless a playoff miracle happens. At least no Adirondack games there so half of Philadelphia takes over the building…

Speaking of our friends to the north: April 6th will be the final matchup between the two teams. Since it is in Glens Falls, I suggest the Albany faithful keep this song handy, just incase you feel the need to troll.

Some other dates of note:

The Devils get 2 Monday holiday games at home: Columbus Day (Adirondack) and Veterans Day (Bridgeport).

One of the rare Tuesday games is in Bridgeport on November 5th, and it’s a school day 11:05 AM start. Bring the earplugs!

Only one Wednesday road game: first trip to Utica on October 23rd. But there are two Tuesday road trips, the aforementioned morning game in Bridgeport and on February 4th in Springfield.

As for me…the road schedule is very favorable. It appears I will be making almost all of my usual trips (as always, weather or work schedule permitting), maybe even try for one of the Atlantic City games.

And now the countdown to October 6th in Hartford begins…

Hey, Look! An Actual Update!

Since it’s only been, oh, 15 days since I last posted on here, maybe an update of things is in order…

-The biggest news of the week? New ownership at the top! Yesterday New Jersey held a press conference to officially introduce the new ownership group, lead by Joshua Harris and David Blitzer, who also own the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers (yes, I am sure this news went over well in the City of Brotherly Love). Previous owner Jeff Vanderbeek is staying on as a senior advisor, but otherwise no changes on the hockey side of things. Does this mean anything for Albany, since New Jersey does own the team? Nothing has been said as of yet, so everything may just remain, as Lou likes to say, “status quo.”

-The last of the Albany restricted free agents has finally signed on the dotted line, as defenseman Dan Kelly signed an AHL deal. There are still quite a few key members of last season’s Devils (names like Jeff Frazee and Corbin McPherson come to mind) looking for a team to call home in 2013-14, with NHL camps about a month away from opening.

-And finally, maybe next week there might actually be a schedule to go over. Stay tuned…

2013 Player Tracker (as of 8/1/13)

Welcome to the second free agent scorecard of the offseason. After a busy early part of July, things have gone back to the usual quiet. Well, down here anyway. Things should be picking up soon on here, with the schedule on its way in (hopefully) a couple of weeks. And hopefully more transactions? (cough, Henrique, cough)

Signed for 2013-14:

Eric Gelinas
Alexander Urbom
Reid Boucher
Scott Wedgewood
Brandon Burlon
David Wohlberg
Seth Helgeson
Maxime Clermont
Harry Young
Joe Whitney
Mattias Tedenby
Darcy Zajac
Tim Sestito
Riley Boychuk (acquired from BUF 7/7)
Rod Pelley (signed from NOR 7/8)
Mike Hoeffel
Cam Janssen
Harri Pesonen
Raman Hrabarenka
Jacob Josefson
Keith Kinkaid
Mike Sislo

Restricted Free Agent (all tendered qualifying offers):

Dan Kelly

Unrestricted Free Agent:

Jeff Frazee
Jay Leach
Chad Wiseman
Corbin McPherson
Chris McKelvie
Kelly Zajac
Phil DeSimone
J.S. Berube

Moving On:

Matt Anderson (signed w/Spartak Moskva (KHL) 5/5)
Matt Corrente (signed w/Carolina 7/10)
Stefan Stepanov (signed w/ Atlant Mytishchi (KHL) 7/12)
Steve Zalewski (signed w/Lukko (SM-liiga) 7/18)